Freo's View

NEW FREO MURAL ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 7, 2020

 

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I walked to George Street in East Fremantle to take a photo of the new mural art work by STORMIE, and on my way back discovered the new Aboriginal mural on the derelict Woolstores, by an unknown artist.

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WILL ROYAL GEORGE DEVELOPMENT HAPPEN?

Posted in architecture, city planning, development, heritage, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2019

 

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The future of any development at the Royal George hotel in East Fremantle is very much in doubt now that a new planning scheme amendment will not allow anything higher to be built than the height of the spire of the heritage building.

The question now is if owners Saracen Properties will consider it viable to develop the site behind the building into low-rise residential apartments, while investing millions of dollars renovating the old hotel.

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ELIZA SCULPTURE CLIMATE PROTEST

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2019

 

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I do realise that now is not the time to talk about taking action on climate change, or the future of planet earth, but I thought to share this photo with you anyway, that the RED REBELS put on Facebook today, since it is the Eliza sculpture in the Swan river by East Fremantle artist Tony Jones.

While Australia is burning, supposedly intelligent and mature people are denigrating a Swedish schoolgirl, who is passionate about her future and the planet she lives on.

Praying to an imaginary god has replaced leadership in this country.

 

Roel Loopers

EAST FREO BLOOMING JACARANDAS

Posted in city of fremantle, nature, town of east fremantle, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019

 

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The sight of the Jacarandas blooming in George Street is one I always enjoy at the East Fremantle Festival, but I walked there on Wednesday and took some photos.

We in Fremantle will also be getting to look at the beautiful Jacarandas from late next year when they will be lining the entire Kings Square.

The George Street Festival is on again this coming Sunday all afternoon, so make sure to take part in the fun!

Roel Loopers

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THE TOP OF THE TOWN

 

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The top of the Town of East Fremantle for the two workers who put up Christmas lights in this big tree in George Street.

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EAST FREO HERITAGE TEA TOWELS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2019

 

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ON SALE NOW! High quality, ethically sourced cotton tea towels, printed in full colour with our local #eastfreo heritage building sketches.

Pre-order yours now ($12.50 each) via www.trybooking.com/556720

The tea towels will be available for pick-up on / after 1 December 2019.

We should create something similar for Fremantle!

EAST FREO LOOK LOCAL DIRECTORY

 

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The Town of East Fremantle is introducing their #LookLocal Community Directory. Search the online directory to find community groups in your area.

Categories include:
Children
Education
Faith
Fitness
Social
Sport

To explore the directory, visit www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/listings/community

 

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ROYAL GEORGE FUTURE IN DOUBT AGAIN

 

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The future of the heritage listed Royal George hotel in East Fremantle remains in doubt with owners Saracen Properties telling East Freo council that a seven-storey limit for the site is not financially viable for them to develop because they need a minimum plot ratio of 2:1 to make it work. Saracen had proposed a 21 storey residential tower behind the old hotel.

The Town of East Fremantle Council passed amendments last week with new restrictions for development and a maximum height of seven storeys.

It is great to hear though that Saracen has confirmed they will go ahead with the $ 6 million restoration of the beautiful building and will start with that next year.

W.A. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has the final say in this, so let’s wait and see what the outcome will be.

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH WEST GROUP PRIORITIES

 

The South West Group has identified 11 major projects for the region that could be realised with the support of the federal, state and local governments.

The South West Group was established in 1983 to assist local councils to collaborate on significant projects. The group consists of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville, Kwinana and Rockingham councils.

The recently released brochure by the group is substantial, so I’ll add it as a pdf to this blog post, but here some of the projects the South West Group has identified:

  •  Fremantle to Cockburn transit line.
  •  Fremantle to Murdock transit line
  • Rockingham transit line
  • Canning Bridge Activity Centre Redevelopment
  • Western Trade Coast
  • Redevelopment of Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port
  • Kwinana Freeway and Tonkin Highway upgrades
  • Investment Attraction Plan
  • South West Region Tourist Network
  • South West Smart Region Initiatives

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL?

 

 

It is always a sad thing to see the beautiful Royal George hotel in East Fremantle so neglected and not knowing what the future of the heritage listed building will be.

Saracen Properties bought the hotel last year and came up with a beautiful restoration plan for the building, but to be able to do the costly restoration they also wanted to build a 21 storey apartment highrise behind the old building. That was refused and the Town of East Fremantle council has now approved a scheme amendment for the site that only allows a maximum of seven storeys, and that is apparently not enough and not financially viable for the developers to go ahead with the restorations.

So what will happen now? The building has been vacant and neglected for far too many years and while the Friends of Royal George were yelling and screaming against Saracen’s planning proposal they are not very vocal about the building remaining unused and not cared for.

Come on East Freo, urgent action should be taken!

Roel Loopers

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